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Mother’s Day

May 3rd, 2012posted by lniehaus

May God, the source of life, give you joy in the love, growth, and holiness of your children. Amen.  Book of Blessings Part III

Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May in the United States, as well as many other countries. Mother’s Day (aka Mothering Day) is celebrated usually in February, March, April or May in most countries. It is a day to celebrate all women who are mothers, or for whom mothering is a nurturing gift.
In the Catholic Faith, Mother’s Day is related to Mary the Mother of God and May is Mary’s month.
Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, from every walk of life, from very young to the most wise and elder among us. Thomas Merton writes that Mary is the mother of Christ in us. Others describe Mary as the mothering principle in us, and acknowledging the Holy woman she is, a woman of faith, with an awesome relationship with Jesus. Mary said, “yes” in response to God’s call to be the Mother of Jesus. Mothers today say “yes” in the call to be Mothers to all his children created in His image and likeness. Mothers Day (and every day) is a day of blessing and respect for the nurturing and loving gift of all Mothers. For all Moms, new Moms, expectant Moms, Birthmothers, Adoptive Mothers, Grandmothers, teachers, Nuns, each woman who takes the role of mothering in their everyday lives, we acknowledge and honor you.  To love, to nurture is to exemplify Christ to His children

Prayer for Mothers
Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children,
So you watch over your church.
Bless our mother.
Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, her family,
May honor her always with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Book of Blessings Part III

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May 2nd, 2012posted by jdanis

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We’re approaching that bittersweet time of year known as graduation.  Parents are often filled with mixed emotions as they anticipate this milestone for their child (children).  Like all special life-cycle events, it’s an important time for sharing memories.  Below are some ideas that might help ritualize this significant time in the life of your family:

*Assemble a photo album of memories from your child’s school years
*Make (or have made) a quilt out of special T-shirts your child has worn through the years
*Put together a scrapbook or special box for your child…a collection of memorabilia from their school years
*As family members to write down stories and memories of events that are shared with the graduate either on a graduation card or submitted earlier and compiled into a book
*Find a special prayer/poem, print it on special paper and make a plaque. 
*Make a card combining wisdom and humor to give the graduate.  Below are a few suggestions quickly found on the internet:

  •  “You are educatedYour certification is your degree.  You may think of it as the ticket to the good life.  Let me ask you to think of an alternative.  Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”  – Tom Brokaw
  • “Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

     Or even…

  • “You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know.  You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.  Oh!, the Places You’ll Go – Dr. Seuss

Ideally, some of the above ideas will require forethought, some begun much ahead of time. But you can always adapt these ideas and come up with something clever and unique for your child with even a few day’s preparation.  “Google” Catholic blessings and prayers to incorporate in your family’s graduation celebration.  A great resource is Kathleen Chesto’s Family Prayer for Family Times.

Graduation Prayer

I have knowledge, so will You show me now,
How to use it wisely and find a way somehow
To make the world I live in, a little better place,
And make life with its problems a little bit easier to face.
Grant me faith and courage and put purpose in my days,
And show me how to serve Thee in effective ways.
So my education, my knowledge and my skill
May find their true fulfillment as I learn to do Thy will.
And may I ever be aware in everything I do,
That knowledge comes from learning, and wisdom comes from You. 
Bonnie Mack

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Parenting Pointer and Marriage Moment

October 4th, 2011posted by lniehaus


“I was in prison and you came to see me.” (Mt. 25:35) Now this might seem like a hard work of mercy to do with a child. Consider, however, that sending a child to her room or for “time out” is a kind of imprisonment. Give them a way to redeem themselves afterwards.  © 2011 Susan Vogt




Sometimes married couples have different biorhythms. Are you a “morning dove” while your spouse might be a “night owl” or vice versa? Have you worked out compatible bedtimes? If not, when do you cuddle?  © 2011 Susan Vogt


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World Communications Day – June 5, 2011

February 22nd, 2011posted by lniehaus

World Communations Day is June 5, 2011.  Below is a link to the Pope’s address to the people of God.

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November 19th, 2010posted by lniehaus

Welcome to the Family Life Office Blog!  Please feel free to view or post comments!

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